Small Business Saturday in Jourdanton Christmas Kickoff event on Nov. 27

As the Christmas season draws near, the public is invited to the Small Business Saturday in Jourdanton Christmas Kickoff on Saturday, Nov. 27. The festivities will begin at 9 a.m. and are scheduled to continue until 1 p.m. on Simmons Avenue, between Oak Street and Main Street.

You don’t want to miss this holiday event, featuring many local vendors and community organizations. Enjoy a morning of shopping, games, food and fun.

The event is the brainchild of Jeff Chicoine, Licensed Agent and owner of Chicoine Insurance Agency and Lesley Mc- Millan, owner of Lesley’s Flowers & Gifts.

“They thought about how we need to do something for Jourdanton,” said Shannon Chicoine, Licensed Agent, co-owner of Chicoine Insurance Agency and Jeff’s wife. “We just jumped in with both feet and have been blown away by the reaction. We’ve got over 30 vendors and we’re so pleased with it.”

The Chicoines are organizing the event, along with Rakowitz and Donna Valdez, Licensed Agent of Freedom Insurance. Freedom Insurance and Sierra Services together have donated outdoor services.

“Karen Pesek has been a big help to us. She has a friend, Tyson Bowcut, who is donating use of his generator to run the inflatable games.”

They are also thankful to all who have made donations, including Weldon Cude, the Jourdanton Chamber of Commerce and First Commercial Bank.

Chicoine Insurance Agency will be providing cookies and photos with Santa Claus for free. Lesley’s Flowers & Gifts will host its Holiday Open House, also from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Some of the vendors participating include: Atascosa County Project Christmas, which will have a toy donation box and booth; JBWerx selling ornaments and earrings; Pleasanton High School BBQ Team, which will be selling their delicious brisket tacos; Peace for the Pieces, a local specialneeds group that hosts outings and events to help foster inclusion; Liberty Tax; Freedom Insurance; Gypsy Sisters selling children’s and adult clothing, jewelry and other accessories and the Jourdanton Ag Mechanics class selling Christmas cutouts and taking preorders.

The vendor list also includes: Little Flower Farm baked goods; Southern Sweets; Jourdanton FFA setting up a both to help children write letters to Santa, 4 Carinos selling colorful purses, hats and other items; Aaron Saenz selling homemade BBQ sauces; L&M Inspirations crafts and T-shirts, T3 Teague Tribe Treasures family boutique shop, Jolt Nutrition providing the bounce house; Country Rustic Creations wreaths; Deb’s Kuntry Creations T-shirts, cups and more; Stevens Farm & Ranch, a family-owned farm selling their jellies and jams; Cromie’s Confections cookies; T.LynnDesigns custom tumblers, pens and more and Spare Time Crafts wreaths and decor and Sandra G. Holland, Traveling Notary Public.

Other great treasures and vendors you will find are: A Family Affair II T-shirts; All Souls Healing; South Texas Farm & Ranch sales booth; ASSE Exchange Students; Southern Pearl Silos selling seasonal and everyday T-shirts; Poenisch Farms selling seasonings, preserves, salsa and gift baskets; Dare2DazzleCreations handmade jewelry and Macy Jaymes Boutique sales booth.

The Jourdanton Cheerleaders are also scheduled to appear. Children can enjoy two inflatable games, a bounce house and obstacle course. There will be plenty of other games, with many of the vendors providing them at their booths. Background music will be provided by DJ Shoot It.

There are other business that will be participating in their own location, such as Chicken & the Tulips, The Wood Shop, Sunshine House Coffee, Rise to Health & Wellness and Atascosa Wildlife Supply.

“We are so glad with the interest,” said Ms. Chicoine. “It’s overwhelming. This is more than we could have ever hoped for.”

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